PEARL, MS (WLBT) - A father was taken into custody after his baby, who was reported abducted from Georgia, was found with him Monday night at a Pearl hotel.
According to the hotel staff and owner, Michael Christopher Diaz checked into the Ramada Inn off Airport Road around 11:00 p.m. Monday night. Hotel workers say they noticed him behaving oddly with the baby.
The hotel clerk, Tiwana, called the Pearl Police Department and officers responded immediately.
When police ran the tags on Diaz’s car, it came back that he was wanted for stealing a vehicle and abducting a baby from Dallas, Georgia on Monday. Police think he was headed for Los Angeles.
According to hotel staff, police went to the room where the man was staying and the man struggled with police. They tased him and then took him into custody.
Christina Campbell, who works at the hotel, said “He gave up a fight in the room. I heard that he had to be tased. He said something along the lines of he was going to have to be killed before he gave the baby up. So, they did tase the dad, so he did put up a fight.”
Police say Diaz was under the influence of marijuana when police arrested him and officials say the baby also smelled of weed.
The baby was taken into DHS custody until she can be returned to family in Georgia. Pearl police say that Diaz is the baby’s father.
Police say he has a criminal history and has stolen cars in the past. Diaz is charged with stealing a vehicle and abducting a baby.
We will keep you updated on this developing story.